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Civil Rights Group Behind Charlottesville Lawsuit: Use of Car Attacks Has Become Deliberate Tactic, As We Saw Nearly 3 Years Ago in Charlottesville

IFA: White supremacist attack makes clear that efforts to deflect and distract about who’s responsible for the violence are not only cynical and irresponsible — but also incredibly dangerous.

VIRGINIA – Integrity First for America — the civil rights nonprofit backing the federal lawsuit against the neo-Nazis and white supremacists responsible for the Charlottesville violence — issued the following statement from Executive Director Amy Spitalnick: 

“Local prosecutors just confirmed that the man who drove his car into a crowd of protesters in Richmond yesterday is an admitted leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

Nearly three years ago, one of his fellow white supremacists did the same thing, not that far away, in Charlottesville.

The use of car attacks against peaceful protesters has become a deliberate tactic by these extremists. As detailed in our lawsuit, the Charlottesville violence was planned for months in advance online – including discussions of hitting protesters with cars.

It’s particularly appalling that some of the very white supremacists responsible for the Charlottesville attack have tried to pin recent violence on ‘antifa’ and others – including with a viral fake tweet.

The fact that their fellow white supremacists are now hitting peaceful protesters with cars should make it crystal clear: efforts to deflect and distract about who’s responsible for the violence are not only cynical and irresponsible, but also incredibly dangerous.

Our officials have an obligation to state clearly who is behind recent violence – and ensure these extremists are fully held to account for their actions.”

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Integrity First for America (IFA) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to holding those accountable who threaten longstanding principles of our democracy—including our country's commitment to civil rights and equal justice. IFA is backing the landmark federal lawsuit against the two dozen neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and hate groups responsible for the August 2017 violence in Charlottesville. Trial is scheduled for October 2020. To learn more about the case, click here.

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